Ottawa (9-8-1) at Carolina (8-9-0)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Wed Nov 17, 2010
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The Carolina Hurricanes have been outscored by a wide margin over their previous two games, but hope a short break and a visit from the Ottawa Senators will get them back on track.

The Hurricanes will try for their sixth consecutive home victory over the Senators on Wednesday night.

Carolina (8-9-0) fell 7-2 at Montreal on Saturday, two nights after an 8-1 home loss to Philadelphia. Coach Paul Maurice hopes his players will come out energized against the Senators.

“It’s difficult to take a team playing every second night, work on grinding defensive parts of the game and expect them to have anything left,” Maurice told the Hurricanes’ official website. “Clearly it’s an area that we have failed in our last two games.”

The Senators (9-8-1) are scoring 2.56 goals per game, and could provide a break for Carolina’s Cam Ward(notes), who pulled early in each of the last two losses, and saw his goals-against average climb from 2.75 to 3.12 after allowing eight goals in just under 62 minutes.

“I’m just like everybody else,” said Ward, who is 3-1-0 with a 2.25 GAA against Ottawa at home over his career. “I’ve got to hold myself accountable and come up with the big saves.”

Eric Staal(notes) leads the team with 11 assists and 17 points this season, and will look to extend a five-game points streak against the Senators, in which the Hurricanes captain has two goals and four assists.

The two-time All Star had a goal and an assist in Carolina’s only meeting with Ottawa this season, a 3-2 loss on Oct. 14.

In an attempt to jump-start the offense, Maurice has decided to move winger Jussi Jokinen(notes), who has two goals in 17 games, back to the top line.

“He did not get off to the start … with 30 goals (last season) he probably thought it would be a little different, but boy, I think he’s handled it well,” said Maurice.

Ottawa’s four-game road winning streak ended with a 5-1 loss to the Flyers on Monday.

“We were playing from behind pretty much the whole game, so it changed the outlook,” Senators forward Jarkko Ruutu(notes) said. “I don’t think that we were that poor. It wasn’t our best.”

Jason Spezza’s(notes) first-period goal tied the score at 1. Ottawa will try to get off to a quicker start, as it’s 7-0-0 this season when scoring first.

Spezza is tied for second on the team with five goals this season, and has 13 with 18 assists in 25 career games against Carolina. Ottawa is 13-4-1 with one tie when Spezza records a point versus the Hurricanes.

Brian Elliott(notes) made a season-high 41 saves against the Flyers, but lost for the first time since Oct. 30. He is 4-1-0 with a 1.87 GAA versus Carolina in his career, and is likely to be in net.

Backup Pascal Leclaire(notes), who left early in the first period against the Hurricanes last month, is 0-3-0 with a 3.82 GAA in his career at the RBC Center. He also was replaced by Elliott after allowing two goals in the first 6:23 of a 4-1 loss on March 4.

Ottawa has managed one goal in each of its last five games in Raleigh.

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